11 perspectives on the China-India border dispute in Doklam

Nathu La

During the July 25 incursion, PLA troops are said to have bullied shepherds grazing cattle during a two-hour stay, officials in the know said, speaking on the condition of anonymity. Incidentally, the Chinese had intruded into this area a year ago too in July and carried out an aerial sortie by helicopter. It is a demilitarised zone where Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) jawans are not allowed to take their weapons. The incursion took place amid the standoff between the two countries' armies in the tri-junction area at Doklam, Sikkim.

As regards the situation in Doklam, sources said status quo remains with at least 250 Indian soldiers and more or less the same number of Chinese troops facing each other since June 16.

Amid the military stand-off in Doklam, the Chinese soldiers transgressed into Uttarakhand's Barahoti and came into as much as one kilometre of Indian Territory.

"Transgressions do occur, which are due to differing perceptions of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) between India and China", a senior Army official said, reacting to the media reports of the Chinese transgression. It is also one of three border posts in what is known the "middle sector", comprising Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

On 19 July, a Chinese helicopter reportedly hovered over Indian airspace in Uttarakhand before disappearing into Chinese airspace.




After the war, ITBP jawans would patrol the area with weapons in a non-combative manner - with the barrel of the gun pointing down. In the 1962 war, PLA did not enter the "middle sector" including parts of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh and were actively focused in the western (Ladakh) and eastern (Arunachal Pradesh) sectors.

There is no official word either from the Indian government or the Chinese administration on any of these developments.

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval was in Beijing to attend a BRICS security summit last week when the issue is believed to have figured in his talks with Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi.

Tensions on the India-China border have escalated in recent weeks with both New Delhi and Beijing refusing to back down from their positions.

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